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Lawrence J. Lesh

Postby Rick Masters » Sat Aug 13, 2016 4:39 am

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When James M Wulpi was in high school, he was thrilled with the Wright Brothers first flights, as was his friend, Lawrence Lesh, also an Early Bird. In 1907 and 1908 Lawrence and Jim made and flew gliders made of bamboo sticks, bed sheets, and baling wire on the sand dunes near Saugatuck, Michigan, where the winds off Lake Michnigan helped to lift the boys when they ran down the sand dunes. They always crashed when they landed because the glider was going faster than they could run in the soft sand. But they repaired the glider many times with the wire and flew it again and again. They also contacted Octave Chanute in Champaign, Illinois, who had worked with the Wright Brothers, and spent many afternoons in his home discussing wing curves, airfoils, etc., very exciting for the young fliers.
Extract from Biography of James M. Wulpi by Donald J. Wulpi, 1-20-03

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Modern Mechanix, July 1933
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Re: Lawrence J. Lesh

Postby JoeF » Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:26 pm

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#821 Lawrence J. Lesh glider (USA, 1908)
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Lawrence J. Lesh made his first flight in a glider in Chicago in 1906 at the age of 14. In 1908 he had an accident with the challenge glider at Morris Park, New York, which confined him to hospital for over seven months. Though only a boy of 17 years, Lesh had done a great deal of experimental gliding from the age of 14. He held the world's record, having made a flight of more than six miles in length over the St. Lawrence River, towed by a motorboat
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Re: Lawrence J. Lesh

Postby reluctantsparrow » Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:23 am

Wow! I am so impressed by this....His wing looks like a pair of lips floating through the sky.
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Re: Lawrence J. Lesh

Postby Rick Masters » Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:11 pm

"The Dangers of Flying"
L. J. Lesh
Popular Mechanics, March 1958
Reprint of July 1907 letter by Lawrence Lesh
https://archive.org/stream/PopularMechanics1958/Popular_Mechanics_03_1958#page/n283/mode/2up
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